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Great Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa aruana


Large black and yellow bee to 25mm long. I noticed the bee flying around and then stopped on the trunk of a tree. It appeared to be burrowing in. As I moved closer I could hear the tearing of fibers. When startled it flew off, leaving a cavity. I looked along the trunk and saw a few other cavities, dried out and the ones towards the top of the tree, the trunk was hollowed out.


Open woodland/grassland at James Cook University Cairns Campus.


They are solitary bees. The females make the tunnels and lay their eggs in decaying wood.

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Andrea Lim
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Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 16, 2014
Submitted on Feb 17, 2014

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